When it comes to artisan coffee, Mandarin Coffee Stand in Pasadena hits all of the checkboxes. Mandarin Coffee Stand is an Asian Women-owned, and there is a drink for everyone, whether you’re looking for coffee, matcha, or none of the above.
A bit of a backstory, I randomly found Eena’s blog a few years back, and we became friends. She dropped by LA the other month, and we had a great time at Sugarfish. We were looking for boba after but found Mandarin Coffee Stand by accident while walking to The Burlington Arcade (which gave major Harry Potter vibes).
This coffee shop opened a few months ago. I am happy with this accident because I got hooked (sorry, Philz).
my favorites, ranked
I have a habit of ordering the same thing even though I advocate stepping out of the comfort zone all the time. It is good to have a healthy mix. It depends on your mood, whether you’re feeling adventurous or want to stick with something you know that’s good.
I finally learned how to drink hot coffee, and the espresso is chef’s kiss here. It’s strong and delightful. Remember to take a shot of sparkling water right after.
Brown Sugar Latte
This is my go-to drink. Simple latte with brown sugar. Not too sweet, but not too bitter either.
It has been years since I’ve had matcha. The matcha latte here is a big W for me.
This is basically a latte with cinnamon.
I am not a personal fan of oat milk, but this is an iced (oat) milk tea mixed with a shot of espresso.
Worth Trying: Vienna Latte
This is their signature drink.
Ever since this discovery, I started going to Mandarin Coffee Stand after Barry’s or SoulCycle. It is a reasonable alternative to Philz. The price is competitive as you pay $6/$6.50+ for a cup (~16 oz) before tip.
Definitely worth trying at least once. Let me know what your favorite drink is!
You can also enjoy a pastry, which is imported daily. I finally got into warm coffee and liked their espresso. You know it’s legit when a cup of sparkling water (known as a sidecar) accompanies the espresso. You’re supposed to cleanse your palette with the sparkling water before consuming the espresso.
bakery pop up’s
Occasionally, Mandarin Coffee Stand will welcome small (literally mom-and-pop) bakeries to set up within their shop. Fuyuko’s Kitchen sets up their pop-ups frequently, and they have quite a selection. Maybe I was starving after sprinting at 12 speed at Barry’s, but Fuyuko does not mess around with her creations. When she sets up, all of her baked goods are made fresh. There were some waffles with interesting flavors (spicy curry). I opted for one that was sweet, and I’ve never had a better waffle in my life. Forget the Hong Kong-style egg waffles and the Pandan waffles. This is it.
Mandarin Coffee Stand
380 S Lake Ave #111
Pasadena, CA 91101